2013 Rip Curl GromSearch Huntington Beach

posted by / Photos / June 11, 2013

Tents and lefts.

Tents and lefts. All photos: Mike Smolowe.

Should I ride my 5'4" or 5'6"? A game of inches in HB.

Should I ride my 5'4" or 5'6"? It was a game of inches in HB.

Nic Hdez.

Nic Hdez.

Davis Freud chops through the foam.

Davis Freud chops through the foam.

Acia bowls, our recommended source of an all-natural sugar rush.

Acia bowls, our recommended source of an all-natural sugar rush.

With a board that looks like The Grimace, Nolan Rapoza throws tail on a burger.

With a board that looks like The Grimace, Nolan Rapoza throws tail on a burger.

Nick Marshall stamps the end section.

Nick Marshall stamps the end section.

With T. Knox on the mic, you bet the groms were putting all 90lbs. into their turns.

When T. Knox is on the mic, you bet the groms are putting all 90lbs. into their turns.

Malia Osterkamp.

Malia Osterkamp.

East Coaster Luke Gordon's backside slice.

East Coaster Luke Gordon's backside slice.

Cole Alvez wasn't too hard to track down.

Cole Alvez wasn't too hard to track down.

Part of being a grom is never, under any circumstance, taking your wetsuit off.

Part of being a grom is never, under any circumstance, taking your wetsuit off.

Kei Kobayashi puts his Lowers left torque to the test.

Kei Kobayashi puts his Lowers left torque to the test.

John Mel.

John Mel.

Finn McGill.

Finn McGill.

A showdown.

A showdown.

Eitan Osbourne, in winning form.

Eitan Osbourne, in winning form.

Marley Peck's punt...

Marley Peck's punt...

...And his prize. He came all the way from Florida to win the manuever of the event.

...And his prize. He came all the way from Florida to win the manuever of the event.

12U Finalists.

12U Finalists.

14U Finalists.

14U Finalists.

Girls 16U finalists.

Girls 16U finalists.

16U Finalists.

16U Finalists.

Kalani David is already looking forward to the National Championships at Uppers.

Kalani David is already looking forward to the National Championships at Uppers.


 

They converged at 9th Street in Huntington Beach, just north of the pier. It was a gloomy morning, but there was something more powerful than fog in the air. Minivan on top of SUV on top of Prius piled up, and groms scurried out of them like rabid little heathens. This was no school day — it was a business day — and the groms were there to tend to the Rip Curl GromSearch.

A well overhead south swell pelted HB, creating a strong current and an even stronger call to arms. Who would be the hero? There were many diligent soldiers battling for a GromSearch title, but the podium is a lonely place. After two days of pushing 5’2” squash tails to their very limits, the froth eventually burnt the fog off. Kalani David stood tall in bombs at The Wedge on Saturday night, and he stood tall amongst his peers in the Boys 16U division. The Hawaiian aced a win, and Santa Cruz’s Ashley Held stood right along side him by winning the Girls 16U. And when the big orange sun had set in Huntington Beach on Sunday night, we saw the last of the Priuses buzzing off with sleepy groms in the backseat, already dreaming about the National Championships in September.

 
Words With Winners

Boys, 16U
Full Name: Kalani David
Age: 15
Hometown: North Shore, Oahu
Sponsors: RVCA, JS Surfboards, Converse, XCEL, Famous
Who is the best surfer in the Gromsearch? Nic Hdez
Why do you like to surf? Because it brings me joy and balance in my life
Would you rather drive a pickup truck or a Prius? Pickup
Who is the best athlete in the world? Mick Fanning
Why do you like Instagram? Just seeing what everyone is doing and all the cool pictures
Would you rather eat pizza or a salad? Pizza
What is your favorite non-surfing possession? Skating or Drums
Who is the best surfer to never qualify for the tour? Eric Geiselman
What is the worst popular song right now? I don’t have one. I love all music
What is your goal in the next five years? To win a World Title on the WCT
Who is your favorite Gromsearch champ? Mason Ho

 
Girls, 16U
Full Name: Ashley Taylor Held
Age: 15
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
Sponsors: Rip Curl, Sol Life Surfboards, Arcade Mfg. , Futures Fins
Who is the best surfer in the Gromsearch? Leonardo Fioravanti
Why do you like to surf? It’s really fun and I like hanging out with friends in the water
Would you rather drive a pickup truck or a Prius? Pickup truck
Who is the best athlete in the world? Gabriel Medina
Why do you like Instagram? I enjoy looking at surfing pictures
Would you rather eat pizza or a salad? Pizza
What is your favorite non-surfing possession? Skateboard
Who is the best surfer to never qualify for the tour? Bud Freitas
What is the worst popular song right now? I love it by Icona Pop
What is your goal in the next five years? To qualify for the world tour and have fun
Who is your favorite Gromsearch champ? Tyler Wright

 
Full Results:

Boys 16U
1. Kalani David
2. Nolan Rapoza
3. Chris Murnane
4. Davis Freud

Boys 14U
1. Nolan Rapoza
2. Kei Kobayashi
3. Mickey Clarke
4. Griffin Foy

Boys 12U
1. Eithan Osborne
2. Tyler Gunter
3. Finn McGill North Shore
4. Tommy McKeown

Girls 16U
1. Ashley Held
2. Brisa Hennessy
3. Juli Hernandez
4. Meah Collins

Mophie Maneuver of the Event
- Marley Peck with a clean one-motion air reverse.

 
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